Originally from California, Madison Wade, or The Madi Wade as she is known by her art, is a blossoming digital artist emerging out of Dallas. From a young, passionate age, Wade has always had a love for the art form, but as the years progressed she experimented with drawing and learning art history until she found her niche in digital art. When asked to describe her art she states that her work is “Intuitive, botanical, and sensual.” All of which you can find in her graphic design along with conducive color schemes and atypical elements. When Madi isn’t creating, you can find her on campus at The University of Texas Dallas studying Emerging Media and Communications, where she is consistently working on her creative flow and craft. As if she isn’t a BEAST already, Madi Wade spends her time doing cover art for musicians, which one of her most important works she has done is a cover for an L.A. based producer Najwan for his EP Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Program.’ What can we expect from Madi Wade in 2018? Prints, prints, and more prints!!!! Stay tuned for this interview with the blossoming digital artist, The Madi Wade.

Q: What is your full name?

A: Madison Dior Wade!


Q: Where are you from/Where do you currently reside?

A: I’m from California originally, but I’ve been splitting my time between LA and Dallas for the past 11 years now.


Q: What is your current occupation?

A: I’m the booking manager for a small coffee shop here in Dallas. I reach out to local artists and musicians and coordinate performances!


Q: How long has art been a part of your life?

A: Art has always been apart of my life. I remember drawing these ugly little creatures when I was little, and passing them out to family members, telling them it was them. Much to their delight, I’m sure. My interest in art has manifested in many ways over the years from drawing (badly), an obsession with art history, to now finding my niche in digital art.


Q: How do you find your balance between being a graphic designer and a student?

A: I am! I’m studying Emerging Media and Communications at UT Dallas. My major is in the “Arts and Technology” department, and it truly holds up to its name. Half of my classes are art studios, and the other half are writing-based research classes on tech culture and media. We have so much freedom to think and to create; it’s all very conducive to my artistic growth and productivity.


Q: How would you describe your work in three words?

A: Intuitive. Botanical. Sensual.

I don’t usually start a piece with an idea of what I want it to be. It’s all very much so based on trusting my intuition and combining images that feel right together. Flora and women seem to be reoccuring themes in my artwork, though.


Q: How would you describe your personality in three words?

A: Intuitive. Goal-oriented. Self-centered. (Pro Tip: The hyphens are imperative to finessing the word count game.) I know there’s a large stigma behind being self-centered, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that I can’t see or consider anyone/anything outside myself. It just describes the fact that I spend the majority of my time internally, thinking and analyzing those thoughts. You should see my ‘Notes’ app, I am in constant communication with myself.


Q: What style of art do you typically handle?

A: When I created physical art, I did mixed media collages. I used anything and everything, with an emphasis on texture and making/process. When I transitioned to digital collage, I kept a lot of those same values. I’m very inspired by the biblical Renaissance art, mythology, sensuality and everything natural/organic. I think that’s reflected in my art inadvertently.


Q: When did you decide to infuse your art skills into graphic designing?

A: When I realized I didn’t have many! I’m sure I’m not as bad at drawing and painting as I think I am, but it often leads to frustration more than anything else, when I have an emotion or idea that I don’t have the technical skill to execute perfectly. When I moved into abstraction with my physical collages, it was a step in the right direction. But I always loved the photographs I took of the art – and the simple edits to enhance the colors, and darken the black points – more than the actual copy. My digital art helped bridge the gap between my concepts and traditional technical skill.

Q: What was the most challenging part about learning graphic design?

A: Blending!!! It was frustrating at first to learn how to make images within my art look organic and seamless, and not so “placed”. Also, these Adobe programs are MASSIVE. There’s so much you can do and learn. I’ve been working with Photoshop for a year now and I keep telling myself that I want to try out Illustrator, but it doesn’t feel right yet when I just learned the rather basic ways of the road with PS.


Q: What advice would you give to those who aspire to be graphic designers?

A: Use royalty free images. Make sure cover art is square. Almost anything you can imagine can be recreated visually. Don’t give up and google what you don’t know. If you do commission work but aren’t given very much direction, don’t get extremely caught up with trying to guess what your client will like; there’s a reason they came to you, so trust yourself. The worst thing you could do to yourself and your art is compare or compete.


Q: What type of graphic design work do you do?

A: I mostly do art for myself but most of my commissions have been for musicians/cover art.


Q: Have you done any graphic design work for any brands/businesses/musicians/etc.?

A: The most important cover art I’ve done was for LA Producer Najwan’s EP  ‘Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Program.’


Q: Are you working on any projects?

A: ALWAYS. Keep your eye out! You will not have to wait long. I need to focus on creating faster and more honestly, so right now I’m working on a series of quick collages that express how I’m  feeling and what I’m thinking at that exact moment. It’s a bit reminiscent of Impressionist painting, insomuch that I’m trying to capture something momentary and transient.


Q: What is some ultimate goals for yourself and your career?

A: This is my favorite question in the world, because I have so many answers. After I graduate, I’m going to pursue a Masters Degree in Art History. I would love to become the Director of Marketing & Communications for a museum like the MoMA or the Dallas Museum of Art. I also have about 4 business ideas it’s incredibly important to me that I actualize- the most important being my plan to develop my personal brand Garden Visuals into an entire Marketing & PR Firm. I’d also love to get my PHD and become a professor, to provide students with an outlet to truly get to know themselves, in innovative ways, through art.


Q: Who are your inspirations?

A: Artistically, all that’s really coming to mind is myself. As I’m making a piece and when I think I might be finished, I ask myself, “What would YOU want to see?” and “Are you proud of this?” I can always tell when something can be better. It’s important to me that I create the artwork that I would have wished I’d made, if it was someone else’s.


Q: What is your opinion on visual/graphic artists not getting the recognition they deserve, when it comes to creating art for musicians/events?

A: I think it’s interesting. I’m not sure how to rectify the issue, but I know artists need to keep that in mind when they’re setting their price. Don’t ever undervalue your time or your work- even if it makes you a little uncomfortable. We all need to remember to uplift everybody that helped you get to where you are.


Q: What can we expect from you in 2018?

A: Prints, prints, prints! All different forms, sizes, and artworks. It’s going to be amazing. Once my website is up, my art will be available for purchase and by the end of the year, I plan on starting a small apparel line.


Q: What would you like the readers to know?

A: There is an amazing influx of art and music entering the world right now. It’s a lot to take in, but operate with an open mind and do some digging– notice/praise innovation. There are many ways to support the artists you love!

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